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College football bowl projections: CBS Sports has 7 Mountain West teams

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How many Mountain West teams will go bowling this year?

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The college football season is still just over three months away from kicking off, and bowl season is an even longer seven months. Those things do not keep pundits from making extremely early predictions, and CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm has released his bowl and playoff projections.

The Mountain West is tied to six bowl games: Las Vegas, New Mexico, Hawaii, New Orleans, Poinsettia and Idaho Bowl. Palm has seven Mountain West has seven teams in a bowl game and that seventh team is not the automatic bid from the group of five conferences, that spot belongs to Cincinnati.

Here are the bowl projections via Palm:

Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
Heart of Dallas Dec. 26 Dallas, Texas Big Ten/Big 12 vs. C-USA San Diego State* vs. Marshall
Hawaii Dec. 24 Honolulu, Hawaii Mountain West vs. C-USA Fresno State vs. North Texas
Poinsettia Dec. 24 San Diego, Calif. Mountain West vs. Navy Colorado State vs. Navy
New Mexico Dec. 20 Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West vs. C-USA Utah State vs. Rice
Royal Purple Dec. 20 Las Vegas, Nev. Mountain West No. 1 vs. Pac-12 Boise State vs. Arizona State
Idaho Potato Dec. 20 Boise, Idaho Mountain West vs. MAC Air Force vs. Toledo
New Orleans TBA New Orleans, La. Sun Belt vs. Mountain West Arkansas State vs. Wyoming

Besides the obvious item that the Mountain West champion is not in a big money bowl game, seeing Wyoming, Coloraod State and Air Force in a bowl game is very surprising. Air Force was just awful last year and won zero Mountain West games and of their two wins one was against a FCS team. Plus, the Falcons had a quarterback issue last year and that has yet to be completely settled after spring camp.

Colorado State lost Kapri Bibbs, most of their offensive line and Shaq Barrett at linebacker so it is hard to see them getting to a bowl game. Then there is Wyoming who has a new head coach in Craig Bohl and they lost their best quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back, so seeing them in a bowl game is a stretch.

These are very extremely bowl prediction and odds are will change very soon.